In a report projecting the impact of rising sea levels on the U.S. coastline, New York ranked ninth among states with the most critical infrastructure at risk of flooding by 2050. By 2100, New York will rank sixth.

Hundreds of critical buildings in New York City at risk of frequent flooding, study finds

Adi Talwar

A person paddle boarding on the Hudson River.

A recent study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that sea level rise caused by global warming is putting important buildings in New York City, such as public housing complexes, hospitals, schools and power plants, at risk of regular flooding.

Rising sea levels are causing high tides and increasing the intensity and frequency of coastal storms, both of which lead to flooding.

The report, which looked at nearly 1,100 properties along the U.S. coastline, ranked New York as the ninth state with the most critical infrastructure at risk of flooding in 2050, and sixth in 2100. By midcentury, Louisiana was ranked first and New Jersey was ranked second.